Just One Chance by Carly Phillips Book Summary
He thought she was the one…until she walked away. Now she’s back and he wants her more than ever.
As a former Marine, Xander Kingston’s writing keeps him sane. Bonus? His thrillers made him one of Hollywood’s most desired screenwriters—and also introduced him to a fledgling starlet who broke his heart. With his close-knit family in New York, Xander returned home and found peace. Until Sasha Keaton shows up at his Hamptons retreat. Now an A-Lister, she’s as beautiful as he remembers. And just as dangerous to his heart.
Sasha learned from watching her mother to never sacrifice her dreams for anyone—only to discover how empty life could be without the man she loved. Now cast in Xander’s latest movie, she needs his insight to play the part, but secretly hopes for a second chance.
Xander has built emotional walls to keep Sasha at a distance, but their physical attraction can’t be denied. When a stalker’s threats intensify, Xander moves Sasha into his house to keep her safe. Before long she's back in his bed and making inroads in his life.
But when the danger passes and the movie wraps, Sasha and Xander face a familiar choice—put career first or give love a fighting chance.
Just One Chance (Carly Phillips) Book Reviews
I couldn’t put this book downWow, Xander and Sasha are volatile. While still in love with each other, they swear to protect themselves from the other for fear of being hurt again. Although I am unsure of who really left who in the beginning, I do know that the reasons behind it were sound if not a little rushed. They have had time to accomplish goals and live life, but will they be able to work together on the new movie? When a stalker enters the picture, Xander jumps in to protector mode, regardless of who is involved. And so the second chance romance begins. But will it be smooth sailing? Is it ever? So many things occur in this book. So many feelings. Love, hurt betrayal, fear, hate, and love again. Oh yeah and lust. I couldn't put this book down because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. Would the stalker get her, would Xander save her, would they say they love each other, would they live happily ever after or would they end up going their separate ways and following their own adventures..CharlligirlScore: 4/5
Such a charming readJust One Chance by Carly Phillips is book 3 in The Kingston Family series and the first I read. I enjoyed reading it and did not feel lost, though I am now excited to go back and read the two previous books in the series. In this one, we have a second chance romance between Xander and Sasha. Xander served in the military and suffers from PTSD. He lives a quiet life close to his family and that keeps him happy. Sasha has always been driven and determined, much to her mother’s happiness. Her one goal was to become a Hollywood star. But in the end that drive broke Xander and Sasha apart years ago. When they met the spark between them was strong, but the wants and needs of the other did not mesh with what the other needed. Now years later Sasha is set to star in one of the movies based on Xander’s books. He wants nothing to do with the woman who broke his heart. But she is back and starring in his movie no matter what he wants. When they come face to face again, the chemistry and desire is still there, but nothing can come if it, right? Maybe if they keep things light and fun until the movie wraps, they can walk away as friends this time. Easy, right? Xander is strong, caring, and protective. Sasha is very driven and determined, but has she truly ever chased what she wanted? Maybe it’s time she does. When Sasha is threatened, all of Xander’s protective instincts come out. Is this their second chance or the final goodbye? I loved Just Once Chance by Carly Phillips. It was sweet, a bit angsty and had so many feels. Happy reading!.Virna ThompsonScore: 4/5
Love isLove is what we make it to be and we are who we want to be ¿ With all of your life’s love comes many blessings and with that love can conquer the world I know that you know 🧑🏾🎄 because 🤰🏽🐬this world is full of hate and jealousy and envy especially from one of my own children 👧 and that’s the love 💕 I don’t have to have it’s what makes me feel like nothing in this 🌎 can brake me not even the fake love ❤️ of a man 👨 that betrays a woman who “loves”God is much more worth living for and loving 🥰 !! I will be amazing way more than you can ever imagine!!!! Life goes on and so do the woman of God’s!!!!🥀🥀.Buckaloo78Score: 5/5
Enjoyable!I enjoyed Xander and Sasha’s story. Even though, Xander seemed to get over his feelings of rejection faster than I thought that he would have. Then again, when Xander and Sasha were first together, she was pretty young and just starting her career in a very demanding and competitive industry and was more easily influenced by others, such as her mother and agent. This is a great read to read by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate by your side. Dash’s story is going to be interesting,.12tootScore: 4/5
Loved itThe love this second chance romance. The characters are likable and compliment each other. The story is passionate, suspenseful and has a sweet happy ending..PattiA810Score: 5/5
Great book and characters!Great book with great characters! Sasha and Xander are a perfect match. They deserved their second chances at forever. Over the years they were apart, they both were able to grow and reflect on their first relationship. So having a second chance was something they didn’t want to give up. Loved having the characters from other books here as well. Catching up on more on them was fun. Looking forward to Dash and Cassidy. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review..Amy L mommaScore: 5/5
Second Chances!!Sasha just accepted the role in Xander Kingston’s next movie. With their previous relationship ending badly can she really do this? Xander couldn’t believe he had to work with Sasha after she broke his heart but one look and he knew he was sunk. Once Xander found out about the stalker Sasha’s safety was all he thought about. With the sparks flying how could they stop their feelings but can it last? Sasha is determined to figure out a way now to convince Xander to take a chance on them!.EvergreenbrdxScore: 5/5
Love this seriesA great second chance love story, is what a needed. Getting to check in with the Kingston’s was great and getting to really get to know Xander and Sasha and you can’t help but root for them to realize that they both have changed and learned from their past. Also catching up with all the other Kingston’s and getting a glimpse of Dash and Cassidy and it made it even better. Carly Phillips never disappoints and always leaves you wanting more..Tree7404Score: 5/5
Beautiful and sexy!4.5 Stars This is The Kingston Family series book 3 and it features Xander and Sasha. This is a beautiful, sexy, second chance romance. I can understand why things didn’t work out for the both of them the first time around. They’ve grown so much since then and are still in love with each other but will circumstances work in their favor this time around? Will her mother and agent interfere? I absolutely love how close the Kingston family is. I love that this author has woven them all into this series and not in a pushy and invasive manner. I am super excited to read the next book in this series, which features Dash!.Cheryl SDSScore: 5/5
Love this bookAmazing love story. Great ending. Looking forward to the next book.Nanette24Score: 5/5
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Five Stars!!!Loving this series!! This one is a second chance romance. They broke each other’s hearts when she was too young and he didn’t know she was his “one and only”! Couldn’t put it down! I won’t go into the story line… my point here is to let you know that this book is definitely a “must read”! The story was engaging. I loved the characters. As usual, the “love scenes” were scorching hot! I love Carly Phillips stories! Five Stars!!! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review..MmePinkyScore: 5/5
Intriguing and captivatingJUST ONCE CHANCE is the third instalment in Carly Phlllips’ contemporary, adult THE KINGSTON FAMILY erotic, romance series focusing on the Kingston siblings: Linc, Xander, Dash Chloe and Aurora. This is former Marine turned author/ screenwriter Xander Kingston, and twenty-four year old actress Sasha Keaton’s story line. JUST ONE CHANCE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary. Told from dual third person perspectives (Xander and Sasha) JUST ONE CHANCE follows the second chance romance and relationship between former Marine turned author/screenwriter Xander Kingston, and twenty-four year old actress Sasha Keaton. Four years earlier wanna-be actress Sasha Keaton got the opportunity of a life-time, and Xander knew his life would take him somewhere else. Fast forward to present day wherein Sasha has been cast as the lead actress in a movie based on the works of our leading hero, a movie that forces Sasha and Xander to work together but Sasha Keaton has a stalker whose threats have intensified such that Xander sees red and recommends private security for the woman he once loved. Moving Sasha into his home finds our couple rekindling where they had left off but the future is uncertain when Sasha is offered something more. What ensues is the rebuilding romance and relationship between Sasha and Xander, and the potential fall-out as Sasha’s stalker takes aim, and another movie deal threatens to tear the couple apart. Meanwhile, the rock band Original Kings is about to implode, and Xander’s brother rockstar Dash Kingstson struggles in the ensuing melee but the one bright light is Sasha’s best friend Cassidy Forrester, a light Dash is about to push over the edge. The relationship between Sasha and Xander is one of second chances. Four years earlier Sasha’s star was on the rise but Xander wasn’t welcome to come along for the ride. The aftermath of war left Xander struggling with noises and crowds, and in this, Xander knew he had to walk away from the woman he loved. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. The sexual chemistry is palpable. There is a large ensemble cast of colorful and energetic secondary and supporting characters including the growing Kingston family: Linc and Jordan, Chloe and Beck, Dash, Aurora, and their mother Melly. We are introduced to Sasha’s best friend and PA Cassidy Forrester; agent Rebecca Burton, Sasha’s mother Annika, Cassidy’s brother Axel; and Alpha Security specialists Rhodes and Jared. Dash’s story is next in JUST ONE SPARK. JUST ONE CHANCE family, friendships, and relationships: obsession, second chances and love. The character driven premise is intriguing, captivating and engaging; the romance is seductive and hot; the characters are dynamic, charismatic and wounded…but I did struggle with the quick resolution to the stalker plot line-something I had hoped would be more suspenseful, dramatic and intense..Sandy SchScore: 4/5
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